Holladay interviewed for the new position May 13, and the Athens City Board of Education chose Hollaway in a vote late Wednesday, said board president Russell Johnson.
“We’ve got to negotiate a contract, but we’ve already started that process and I think we’re pretty close to coming to terms on that,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the board plans to have a contract ready for approval by its May 28 board meeting.
“We are excited for the opportunity that this presents for Mr. Holladay and his family,” said Oxford schools Superintendent Jeff Goodwin. “He has done a wonderful job here in the Oxford school district, and we appreciate what he’s done for the kids here.”
Holladay will begin his new job when the current superintendent, Orman Bridges, retires on July 1.
“I look forward to serving and leading in that community the same way I’ve tried to do here,” Holladay said by phone Thursday. “This has just been a fabulous experience and I couldn’t have worked for a finer person than Dr. Goodwin. In my professional career it’s been the best experience I’ve ever had.”
Upon receiving Holladay’s official resignation, the school board will accept it, then post the job opening, Goodwin said.
They’ll then begin interviewing candidates, he said, “and try to get a principal for Oxford High School as soon as possible.”
Goodwin said the board will look for someone who can continue the standards the community expects of the high school’s leader, someone “who puts the students and their instruction first.”
This was not Holladay’s first time to be considered for a superintendent position. Just four days prior to interviewing in Athens, Holladay interviewed for superintendent of Sylacauga City Schools. That job went to Michael Freeman, former principal at Auburn High School.
In 2012 Holladay interviewed for a superintendent spot at three Alabama school districts. He was one of three finalists for superintendent of Attalla City Schools, and that same year was also praised by Tuscumbia’s school board as a strong finalist in its search for a superintendent. He also interviewed at Boaz City Schools last year.
Holladay was hired at Oxford in 2005 as director of alternative programs, athletics and principal at Oxford High.
Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.